Kid-sized patio furniture

By: Suzanne

May 17 2010

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At the back of the Deep Cove Market on West Saanich Road—not far from the Swartz Bay Ferry terminal on Vancouver Island—there is a lovely place to sit in the sun and watch the kids do handstands on the grass and enjoy their own snacks at kid-proportioned patio furniture. Kudos for their kindness!

Reminded me of the set for the Friendly Giant, the old CBC kids’ show starring Bob Homme with the voice of Rod Coneybeare as the little puppets Rusty and Jerome. Remember? “This  little chair will be waiting for one of you. The rocking chair for one of you who likes to rock. A big armchair for two of you to curl up in when you come again to our castle.” Aaaah. Makes me want to get a little snack, rock in a small chair and watch.

8 comments on “Kid-sized patio furniture”

  1. Here’s a link to a clip of The Friendly Giant. Wait until the last few seconds to see the tiny chairs!

  2. Suzanne: I’m on “work” break and having looked at Yambird and watched the video, I feel very nostalgic and longing for the good old days and the friendly giant, but a happy nostalgia! That is a lovely retreat @ the Deep Cove General Store….hope you are sharing your story and photo with them.

  3. Hi Whiz! Yes, I did send the Market a note. Wish it was close enough for a ‘daily’. Have you seen Paul’s little wicker chair he used to sit in to watch “Freddy Giant?” I remember Liam sitting in it at A and E’s watching the TeleTubbies! Think it’s still in their garage. I hope so! Anita…?

  4. Has brought a tear to my eye!!! Brings me right back to blissful childhood days!!!!! Like you, makes me want to watch an episode again…

  5. Oh my gosh…somewhere between 35 and 40 years since I last saw that. Suzanne, remember a long chat with Brian on a walk in Muleje about all our childhood TV memories and how it was like we shared a whole common landscape through TV even as we grew up in far-ranging places?

    • I thought I remembered everything about Muleje, but that one escapes me. Just the other night though, Paul whistled Kathy and I through almost a whole childhood of TV show theme songs…but we didn’t think of The Friendly Giant. I learned to play it on the flute, an old English folk tune, “Early One Morning”. Didn’t I torment you with that in Mexico?

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